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When it’s just the two of you, nothing is better than a small town with romantic charm. From coastal Connecticut to the state’s northeastern “Quiet Corner,” the state is home to stylish towns and quaint villages that are perfect for sparking, or recharging, romance. Here are just a few of our favorites, and some things you can do to make the visit even more romantic.
Featuring: Bar Bouchée | Boardman House Inn | Brushmill by the Waterfall | Chester/Hadlyme Ferry | Clam Castle | Club Getaway | Cooper Creek B&B | Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn | Gillette Castle State Park | Goodspeed Musicals - The Terris Theatre | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Kent Falls Brewing Company | Kent Victorian Lodging & Vacation Rental | Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant (Madison) | Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts | Madison Beach Hotel | Main Street Antiques | R.J. Julia Booksellers | RJ Café & Bistro | Riverwind Inn B&B | Rolnick Observatory | Roseland Cottage Museum | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Soleil & Suns Bakery | Tavern on Main | Taylor Brooke Winery | The Good Elephant Bistro | The Inn at Longshore | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | Town of Chester | Town of Kent | Town of Madison | Town of Westport | Town of Woodstock
Just a short ride from New York City and Boston, Connecticut offers a blend of cultured living and outdoor fun with something for everyone—and this includes the LGBTQ community, residents and visitors alike. In 2008, Connecticut became the second state to legalize gay marriage, and our open and inclusive energy continues to draw and welcome gay visitors to the state. Plus, Expedia.com recently named Hartford, Connecticut one of their most “exciting LGBTQ-friendly cities around the world.”
While anyone should of course feel welcomed at any business, hotel or restaurant in Connecticut, we asked a few friends for recommendations on places to start planning your visit— from gay-owned B&Bs to gay bars and events that appeal to many LGBTQ interests and lifestyles.
Featuring: 168 York Street Café | City of Hartford | City of New Haven | City of New London | City of Norwalk | Daniel Rust House | Delamar Greenwich Harbor Marina | Delamar Southport | Delamar West Hartford | House of 1833 B&B | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Inn at Middletown | Partners Café | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Spring Hill Inn | The Old Mystic Inn | Tisane Euro-Asian Cafe | Town of Fairfield | Town of Plainville
One of the best ways to experience fall in New England is to stay in a place that reflects the history, the charm and the natural beauty of the region. And this fall, you won’t find a more inviting collection of cozy B&Bs and charming inns than in Connecticut. Whether you spend a week or a weekend, they’re the perfect spot to rekindle romance, dine by a roaring fireplace, plan fall foliage expeditions and much more! Here are just a few favorites for fall—but book soon, these places fill up fast this time of year!
Featuring: Bee & Thistle Inn & Spa | Boardman House Inn | Gwyn Careg Inn | Hidden Valley B&B | Homestead Inn | Hopkins Inn | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Manor House Inn | Roger Sherman Inn | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Simsbury 1820 House | Stonecroft Country Inn | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Wallingford Victorian Inn | West Lane Inn
Whether this is your first child or your fifth, you know that once baby comes home, that “alone time” for parents is almost non-existent for a while. Preparing for delivery, or even going through the adoption process, can be so stressful on a relationship. Babymoons were invented for just that reason. Like honeymoons, they are a chance for the couple to relax, reconnect and even rekindle romance. But if you aren’t up for a long flight to an exotic destination, consider one of these Connecticut destinations for a weekend or midweek escape with a little pampering before baby arrives. Ask about “Babymoon” packages that may include experiences like dinner for two, spa treatments and other special treats!
Featuring: Bar Bouchée | Delamar Southport | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Inn at Middletown | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Town of Washington
When the weather cools down, romance heats up in Connecticut’s hotels, inns and B&Bs. Whether getting cozy by the fire or enjoying a wintry hike in the woods, we’ve got so many ways to help you make the most of the season together. Here are just a few of the destinations where you’ll find lodgings, activities and attractions to help you set the mood. Planning a romantic escape to Connecticut? You'll always find great ideas and getaways here.
Featuring: 116 Crown | Art Essex Gallery | Black Rock Antiques Center | Black Seal Seafood Grille | Book Barn | Bruce Museum | Connecticut River Museum | Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn | Florence Griswold Museum | Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana - New Haven | Griswold Inn | Griswold Inn | Gumdrops & Lollipops Candy Shoppe | Homestead Inn | Hopkins Vineyard | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Kent Falls State Park | La Belle Aurore | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Meli-Melo | Old Lyme Inn | R.J. Julia Booksellers | Rocky Neck Inn | Rolling River Antiques | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Soleil & Suns Bakery | Taylor Brooke Winery | The Company Store Antiques | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | Yale Center for British Art | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Love to travel but hate to leave your dog behind? Connecticut loves dogs. From pet-friendly hotels to vineyards that welcome pups to great places to hike together, we’ve got all kinds of ideas to help you plan the perfect road trip with Rover.
Featuring: Abbey's Lantern Hill Inn | American Legion State Forest Campground | Avon Old Farms Hotel | Delamar Southport | EVEN Hotel Norwalk | Green Acres B&B | Harbour Inne & Cottage | Interlaken Inn, Resort & Conference Center | Litchfield Inn | Madison Beach Hotel | Mystic Seaport Museum | Peppertree Camping | Priam Vineyards | Salem Farms Campground | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Strawberry Park Resort | The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk
What better way to experience the past? Make Connecticut your premier antiquing destination. If the idea of spotting a tiger maple table in the corner of an antiques shop or finding an original, mint-condition 18th century Chinese Canton porcelain plate or stumbling upon a standout mid-century modern Lucite chair is thrilling to you, then you’ve come to the right place.
Featuring: ANTIQ'S LLC | Abrash Galleries Rugs & Antiquities | Antique & Artisan Gallery | Antiques Marketplace | Chester/Hadlyme Ferry | Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets | Connecticut Antiques Trail | Connecticut River Valley Inn | Edwin C. Ahlberg Antiques | Good News Restaurant & Bar | Grand & Water Antiques, LLC | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Harry's Place | Hopkins Inn | Madeline West Antiques | Martell & Suffin Antiques, LLC | Miranda Vineyard | Nathan Liverant & Son Antiques, LLC | Old Beautiful | Old Lighthouse Museum | R.J. Julia Booksellers | Sadler's Ordinary | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Seymour Antiques Company | Spring Hill Inn | Stratford Antique Center | Tavern on Main | The Shops at Marlborough Barn | The Vanilla Bean Café | United House Wrecking Co. | Wayne Mattox Antiques, LLC | White Horse Country Pub
Overview: To find a picture-perfect pumpkin for Halloween, follow a few tips from our favorite Instagrammers. Check out their photos from some of Connecticut’s best farmer’s markets here.
Featuring: Adventure Park at Storrs | Angevine Farm | Bee & Thistle Inn & Spa | Berkshire Balloons | Chester/Hadlyme Ferry | Gillette Castle State Park | Gwyn Careg Inn | Hidden Valley B&B | Homestead Inn | Hopkins Inn | Hopkins Inn | Infinity Bistro (Norfolk) | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Isabelle et Vincent | Lady Katharine Cruises - Haddam | Litchfield Saltwater Grille | Lyman Orchards | Macedonia Brook State Park | Manor House Inn | Metro Bis Restaurant | Miranda Vineyard | Mountain View Green Retreat | Nehemiah Brainerd House B&B | New Britain Museum of American Art | Roger Sherman Inn | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Silverman's Farm | Simsbury 1820 House | Stonecroft Country Inn | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Last Green Valley | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Pickin Patch at Woodford Farm | The Wallingford Victorian Inn | Town of East Hampton | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | West Lane Inn | Whittle's Willow Spring Farm | Yale University Art Gallery
Overview: Connecticut is ready for Christmas, and from coast to country, you’ll find all kinds of festivals, celebrations and traditions to help you make the most of this magical season.
Featuring: Abbey's Lantern Hill Inn | Aer Blarney Balloons, LLC | Airsign Ballooning Company | Allen Hill Farm | AmericInn by Wyndham Griswold | Angevine Farm | Bethlehem Vineyard & Winery, LLC | Bishopsgate Inn | Blackberry River Inn | Bruce Museum | Captain Daniel Packer Inne | Castle Hill Farm | Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree Farm | Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Courtyard by Marriott - Shelton | Danbury Fair | Daniel Rust House | Delamar Spa West Hartford | Dzen Tree Farm | Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Evergreen Acres Tree Farm | Fairview Tree Farm | Fascia's Chocolates | Fire at the Ridge | Florence Griswold Museum | G Spa at Foxwoods | Goodspeed Musicals - The Terris Theatre | Goodwin Park | Griswold Inn | Guided Flyfishing Trips-Housatonic River Outfitters | Hampton Inn & Suites Mystic | Hampton Inn Danbury | Hartikk